War against Terrorism

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:04 pm on 4th November 2004.

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Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office 5:04 pm, 4th November 2004

The right hon. Gentleman is quite right to draw attention to that, and I am sure that it is an issue that we will discuss with the Israelis.

At an international level, we hope that the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's high-level panel—that may be what Mr. Moore was referring to—will encourage greater consensus on action to strengthen international security, including tackling emerging threats at an earlier stage. I entirely agree with the hon. Member for Chichester that the key to defeating terrorism is to win over moderate Muslims. I think that every sensible person would accept that and that must be the approach that all sensible countries follow. It is certainly a large part of our strategy.

We must also continue to promote greater understanding between peoples of different faiths, cultures and traditions. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the often unsung work of those working in non-governmental organisations and voluntary organisations around the world to teach and promote learning through educational and cultural exchange. For our part, through the work of the Department for International Development, the Foreign Office and the British Council, we will continue to support political, economic and cultural development in those parts of the world riven by strife.